Gabriel, a man of color v. Andrew Christy and Mary Coons
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court. November Term 1846

St. Louis County


GabrielGabriel (man of color) by his
attorneys complains of AndrewAndrew ChristyChristy Executor and
Mary CoonsMary Coons Executrix of the Estate of David CoonsDavid Coons
deceased of a plea of trespass. For that the said defendants
on the third day of August in the year Eighteen hundred & forty six at St. LouisSt Louis, to wit; at said County,
with force & arms &c, made an assault upon the said
plaintiff, and then & there beat bruised and illtreated
him the said plaintiff, and then & there imprisoned
him the said plaintiff, and kept and detainted him
in prison there without any reasonable or probable
cause whatsoever for a long time to wit, for the
space of seventy two hours, then next following
contrary to the laws and customs of this country and
against the will of the said plaintiff, and the
said plaintiff avers that before and at the time
of the grievances aforesaid he was and still is a free
person, and that the defendants held and still hold
him in slavery, and the said defendants then & there
did other wrongs to the said plaintiff, to the great
damage of the said plaintiff and against the peace
of the country, wherefore the said plaintiff saith that
he is injured, and hath sustained damage to the amount
of three five hundred dollars and therefore he brings
his suit &c

John R Shepley

Atty for Plff